The thriller writer has co-authored 13 novels with fellow alumnus, James Patterson ’69.
On Nov. 28, Jaspers new and old gathered on the 35th floor of the Mutual of America building in midtown Manhattan for a unique networking reception hosted by the New York City Alumni Club.
Alumni and guests had the chance to hear bestselling author Michael Ledwidge ’92 speak about his career as a thriller writer. Ledwidge graduated from Manhattan College with an English degree and a passion for criminal justice.
“My plan, my lifelong dream, was to become a cop,” Ledwidge said. “But I realized that if I can’t be a cop, I can write about them.”
In his speech, Ledwidge remarked that he often would go back to Manhattan seeking guidance from faculty members and advisers that were always willing to assist him. His trips back to campus paid off when Mary Ann O’Donnell, Ph.D., professor emeritus of English, recommended that Ledwidge reach out to another alumnus in the field, James Patterson ’69. Since this relationship started, the two have co-authored 13 novels together including the recent bestseller Zoo and the renowned I, Michael Bennett, the book that Ledwidge signed and distributed to every guest at the end of the evening.
The reception offered alumni the chance to talk to active members of the College community and learn about what’s happening at Manhattan along with future networking opportunities.
“It was great to learn more about how Michael came to be the successful writer that he is and the role that the College played in that process,” said Thomas McCarthy ’06, director of alumni relations. “His story is one that is uniquely Manhattan and we're so fortunate to count him amongst our many alumni authors.”
McCarthy also discussed the recent update regarding the Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons Center, which is set to break ground on Dec. 13.
Ledwidge, who is more than familiar with New York City’s criminal justice system through extensive research for his novels, also acknowledged the groundbreaking. He touched on the heroism that both Kelly and the Honorable Rudolph W. Giuliani ’65, former Mayor of New York City, displayed in cleaning up New York City’s streets and lowering the crime rate dramatically during the past 20 years.
“I think that the New York City Alumni Club reception was definitely a success,” Christina Costas ’12 said. “It was great to reconnect with my fellow Jaspers in a beautiful setting and to have the chance to listen to Michael Ledwidge speak about his life and his work.”
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